In a move that will crush many a forum goer, the NPD Group has announced that they will stop sharing sales data with the public on an open basis to non-subscribing members. This means that we’ll no longer get the monthly megaton sales threads across each video game message board detailing the console and software sales. So what does this mean? Well, we’ll still get some sort of idea of how the machines are selling, because each month companies will be spinning their PR talk about how well their consoles are selling, and we should be able to figure out rough numbers.
So why the change? Some people think that the NPD wants more control over the numbers in order to demand a bigger premium for subscribers and more of an incentive for companies to pay for the results. Others think that grumpy old Sony has been moving to have the monthly numbers quashed for some time. Personally, I believe the former.
Source: N’Gai Croal with Newsweek